President Robert Mugabe has forced Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo to step down from his ministerial post after winning a parliamentary seat. In what has been described by Moyo’s close associates as a “constitutional technicality”, Moyo may have been sacked to make room for President’s Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, to ascend to a cabinet level position according to Zimbabwe news sources.
Moyo, who was once fired by President Robert Mugabe in 2004 for allegedly plotting to topple the veteran ruler, was reappointed in 2013 despite losing Parliamentary elections in his constituency.
Moyo won a parliamentary seat on June 10 after the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) fired legislators who formed their own party.
Mugabe, under the constitution, can only appoint his Cabinet from Members of Parliament. However, he can appoint non-elected ministers, one of which slots has been vacated by Moyo.
None of the ministers that are currently in office are women, leaving room for speculation that First Lady Grace Mugabe may be primed to take the vacant Ministerial seat.
Moyo was instrumental in the implementation of harsh laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Order and Security Act, which were seen as a violation of the freedoms of speech, media and association.
Moyo recently made headlines when he called SaharaReporter’s interaction with President Robert Mugabe during the Presidential Inauguration in Nigeria as “Boko Haram journalism”
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